Genital Warts Without Having Sexual Contact

Is It Possible to Have Genital Warts Without Having Sexual Contact?

Although genital warts are a common, widespread sexually transmitted disease (STD), you can get them without having a sexual contact (referred to as any type of sexual intercourse). There are various patterns of sexual behavior that could help transmit the infection.

Main Risk Factors for Genital Warts

Genital warts, also known as venereal warts, are caused by some strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Generally, these strains are highly infectious and spread through direct skin-to-skin contact with the infected area. The type of sexual intercourse mainly includes genital, anal, or oral sex with an infected person, hand-to-genital contact, as well as the use of contaminated sex toys. Also, you can get a genital HPV strain when kissing. This may happen, for example, when your partner had performed oral sex (fellatio or cunnilingus) on an infected person and got genital warts in her or his mouth. You kiss your partner and catch the virus.

Keep in mind that genital warts are external or internal painless bumps. In women, they can appear on the vulva or in the vagina, on the cervix, around or inside the anus. In men, genital warts can be detected on or around the penis, scrotum, urethra, and around or inside the anus. So, being painless and invisible bumps, you may not notice any warts and symptoms. And you may not be aware of the problem for a long time. However, there is one thing that will calm you down: non-genital warts, such as warts on fingers and toes, can never be transmitted to the genitals.

These factors highly increase the risk of getting genital warts:

  • Not knowing whether your partner has a genital HPV infection or not;
  • Having sexual contact with a person with a past history of genital warts (or any other STD);
  • Having a vaginal or anal sexual intercourse without a male or female condom;
  • Having oral sex without a condom or dental dam;
  • Sharing sex toys (vibrators, dildos, etc.);
  • Using alcohol or drugs in a situation where an intimate contact might occur.

How to Avoid Genital Warts

  • Practicing safe sex is a number one precaution against genital warts, any other STD, as well as AIDS. So, use condoms and dental (vaginal) dams. The latter are also made of latex and are available in various flavors. Dental dams prevent any fluid from entering your mouth.
  • Do not share sex toys and if you do, always clean them after you use them. They may have infected fluids, such as blood, vaginal fluid, faeces, etc. on them.
  • Certain forms of sexual behavior, such as massage, touching, hugging, and masturbation are considered less risky.
  • However, only full abstinence from sex is what gives you 100 percent safety.

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4 Responses to Genital Warts Without Having Sexual Contact

  1. Tim says:

    I contracted genital warts. I thought it was from a girl I had sex with once two months ago, but she just called and told me two after I called and told her I got it from her that she does not have it, she went to get checked. Now I haven’t had sex with anyone else nor any type of sexual contact even closely related, I didn’t recently kiss a girl so no risk there either.

    My only conclusion is that I either had it for over a year without showing symptoms or I caught it from my roomate which I find unusualy possible since I clean the bathroom with clorox wipes virtually daily. I take care not to shake hands and then touch my genitals without washing my hands first, I’ve always been cautious of transmitting cold virus’s through shaking hands.

    I really don’t understand how I got them unless the girl I had sex with lied. Hopefully the two treatments I had at my Dr’s office has gotten rid of them.

    • avesila says:

      The virus can remain in the body for years, with no symptoms to indicate that HPV infection has occurred. Some people get infected, but symptoms and warts never occur. It is possible that your friend had the virus without knowing it (and hid the truth afterwards). Hope your treatment goes well!

  2. andrew says:

    Like people of public i need helppp. Im 14 and havent had any sexual contact in myyyyy life. Its like i dont understand i just want them to go away without parents knowing. I wanna cry because of the fact when i get older and do experince the sexual faze that pretty much every human being has ill always think of how im gonaa give this person the virus…. i dont kknow what to do…… i mean i kiss girls all the time its just why mean i need help i need answers and i dont want people to figure out….. im mostly scared HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(
    plus im a dude

    • avesila says:

      Hi there, if you do not have warts in the mouth/ throat, you do not have to worry about transmitting the virus to a partner (if you are kissing only). The good news is that the body clears the virus on its own most of the time (it may take 2 or more years). I would advise on checking with a doctor because in some cases warts get larger and spread. All the best!

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